Australians at Work


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2005, 97 Minutes

On the land and in the cities, in peacetime and war, in big businesses and small, Film Australia cameras have filmed Australians at work for almost a century. This set brings together more than 50 video clips on this wide-ranging theme, from 1901 to the present day.

A record of traditional, time-honoured skills and bold new ventures, Australians at Work gives an insight into a diverse range of occupations as well as people’s attitudes to their jobs and the challenges they face, be they actor or aid worker, cane cutter or nurse, lighthouse keeper, sports coach, soldier or scientist. The clips capture a broad sweep of Australian life from the nation’s fledgling airline industry to the last days of a steelworks, from community market gardens to test-tube babies.

These clips - each under three minutes - can also be found on the Australians at Work website accompanied by study modules suitable for all secondary year levels, including notes on key concepts and curriculum applicability as well as background information, discussion pointers and suggestions for classroom activities.

You can browse the clips and modules by level (Years 7 to 12) or five key subject areas (English, Studies of Society and Environment/Human Society and its Environment, the Arts, Health/Physical Education and Science). Or you can browse by theme (Artists at Work, Civic Work, Environment & Work, Gender & Work, Health Work, Immigration & Work, Indigenous Work, Science Work or Work Through the Decades).

A Film Australia production in association with Pacific Films. © 2011 National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.


Producer: Ron Saunders

Writers: Robert Lewis, Terry Hastings, Pennie Stoyles, Andrew King

Year: 2005

Running Time: 97 Minutes

Classification: Exempt from classification

Curriculum Links: Australians at Work



On the Job: Ticket to Ride


SKU 200340201
Brand Film Australia

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